Double turnover and senior appointments for architect’s practice

MERSEYSIDE architect’s practice Studio RBA is set to more than double its turnover to £400k in just its second year.

This comes alongside news of three appointments to the growing firm, with two directors and a technician bringing the team to 10 permanent staff.

Jack Johnson, aged 32, joins as an architect director, having worked previously for A2 Architects; while Kenny McNaughton, also 32, is Studio RBA’s new managing director, joining from Dutch firm Koole to take on a split design and business management role.

The third new recruit is architectural technologist Matthew Johnson, 22, who has gained a reputation as a rising star in the industry, joining from L7 Architects.

Adam Morgan, director of Studio RBA, said: “It’s been a great couple of years for us, one that has seen us carve our niche in the sector, punching above our weight to successfully compete for some huge North West developments.

“It’s important that a new business grows steadily and doesn’t sit still, so when the chance came to add vital skills and experience to the group, we didn’t hesitate.

“Recent project wins like the 12-storey Eclipse development in Liverpool’s Baltic Village has seen the firm’s stock rise in the North West, allowing us to bring in the best staff and work on more high-profile schemes.

“With our workload constantly increasing it feels like the right time to expand and make sure that the commissions our talented team are winning keep on coming.”

Liverpool-based Studio RBA was formed in July 2017 by founding director Adam Morgan and has since built a strong reputation for original design and efficiency, backed by a young team which has turned around more than 140 projects, across the region, worth over £125m.